The Russell Wilson Era in Denver is Over

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The Broncos have benched Russell Wilson for the rest of the season
The Broncos have benched Russell Wilson for the rest of the season / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

It's been a frustrating month for the Chiefs, but at least we aren't the Broncos!

After a fitting loss to the Patriots to effectively end their playoff hopes, the Broncos leaked Wednesday morning news that Sean Peyton is benching Russell Wilson for the rest of the season.

Denver is turning to Jarrett Stidham to preserve Wilson's health going into the offseason, officially signaling the organization plans to move on from the long-time veteran signal caller.

NFL News: Broncos Bench QB Russell Wilson

Due to Wilson's unique contract, the Broncos are maintaining offseason flexibility by assuring he won't suffer an injury.

Why would Denver want the flexibility? Because they plan to move on from their beleagured QB. There is no other potential explanation.

Following this season, Wilson's dead cap becomes almost impossible to move on from. If he suffered an injury, the organization would be stuck with him. By ensuring he'll end the year healthy, the Broncos are allowing themselves to cut Wilson this offseason.

He ends the season with 3,070 passings yards while completing 66.4% of his attempts with 26 TDs and eight interceptions. It's been a disastrous tenure overall for Wilson, a far cry from what the Broncos expected when they signed him to a record contract.

The organization has a lot of decisions to make over the coming months, but they've clearly already made one massive choice that'll transform their future. Even after a loss, it's a great day to be a Chiefs fan.

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